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Profile of a Support Developer

I recently posted about the importance of identifying the type of developer you are or aspire to be. In that article I differentiated between two types of developer: project and support. In this post I will expand on the attributes of a support developer and why those attributes can be important when expressing interest in a new FileMaker development position. A key revenue generator for any FileMaker consulting business is the maintenance of existing systems that are already in production. The FileMaker platform’s rapid development and flexible nature lend itself perfectly to a constant flow of modifications, enhancements, and upgrades. New ...

JumpStartFM, Molly Connolly’s one-month online FileMaker training course begins October 6, 2014

JumpStartFM online FileMaker training course begins 10/6/14. Molly Connolly's next one-month online FileMaker training course, JumpStartFM begins on October 6, 2014. Download the JumpStartFM.FAQ for more information. JumpStartFM is a great training resource for busy software developers. This month long, project-oriented course is taught by Molly Connolly, David Knight, Cris Ippolite, Matt Navarre and Debbie Zempel. Developers attend twelve online classes  and complete project work on their own time. One-on-one feedback from the expert instructors means the hands-on project assignments can be tailored to your needs. Expressions of interest due by 9/13/2014.    

FileMaker Developers Conference 2014

  FileMaker DevCon 2014 is just around the corner and I’m busy planning my schedule and getting ready for my presentation. I look forward to attending DevCon each year and I’m always glad to connect in person with friends and colleagues from all over the world. I’m also excited about exploring San Antonio – I’ve heard it’s a fun town and the River Walk  is something everyone should make time for. I thought I’d share my schedule and I hope you’ll join us at one of these events: Tuesday, July 29th at 9 a.m. – “Onboarding New Developers.” You’ve hired a smart, capable individual who ...

Subscribe to FileMaker Talk podcast and download free audio from the 2012 FileMaker Product Developer Conference.

Audio recordings from the 2012 FileMaker Product Developer Conference: Download FREE via FileMaker Talk podcast Matt Navarre and Matt Petrowsky's popular FileMaker Talk podcast will offer subscribers a selection of audio recordings from the 2012 FileMaker Product Developer Conference. The conference is a gathering of FileMaker product, plugin and app development experts organized by Molly Connolly and Allen Imbarrato. The 2012 meeting theme was “Growing a Successful FileMaker Business.” Recorded sessions that will be made available free of charge to FileMaker Talk subscribers include presentations from Chris Cain, Allen Imbarrato, Ernest Koe, Matt Navarre, Michael Podolny, and many more. These recordings give ...

How to Prevent Developer Burnout

How to Prevent Developer Burnout I'll bet everyone one of you has picked up a job from a client whose developer "disappeared". I heard one guy sold his house to live on a house-boat, and more than one developer just stopped responding to phone calls. In the cases where I've picked the client up there are always good reasons--the client is challenging or you get under the hood and you see the developer painted themselves in to a corner. But I also think (and I hear it from coaching clients and fellow developers often) that burnout is a big part of ...

Online FileMaker Training Course June 2014 Registration Open

Thorsen Consulting has opened registration for the next “JumpStartFM” FileMaker online training course. Scheduled for June 2 – 26, 2014, this online class is for developers looking to take their FileMaker skills to the next level. Participants come away with a solid understanding of FileMaker and its capabilities, a set of marketable skills (QA, testing, basic design) and a long term plan to lead them to certification and high-level development expertise. JumpStartFM students attend 12 online classes between June 2 and June 26, 2014 and complete project work on their own time. One-on-one feedback from expert instructors means the hands-on project assignments can ...

2nd Annual FileMaker Product Developer Conference October 21-22, 2013

I'm hoping folks will join us at the 2nd Annual FileMaker Product Developer Conference this fall. October 21-22, 2013. https://www.fmproductconference.com/

Rate Differentials…

After my recent a survey I received a bunch of questions from developers wondering about how to set their rates and some more specifics on "to bill or not to bill". I thought I'd throw down a few comments here and hope they may be helpful. As usual, the answer to everything is "it depends" but here is what I do and what I see most other folks doing. 1. Can I bill for travel time? I don't bill for travel time because I think it is the cost of doing business. I do however set a minimum time for on-site visits (locally ...

Developer Survey Results

Here are some quick charts showing the results of my informal survey. Thanks so much to everyone who responded. It's a small but informative sample spread across the US and Canada. I wasn't surprised to see that almost everyone has more than 10 years experience. We keep talking about how we need to attract new talent. I was excited to see a lot more developers than I expected making over $125K. Good news for developers--not great news for people trying to hire. That said, in general the folks making >$125K appeared to be business owners and/or sole proprietors. More risk! More reward! I ...

Salary Survey

I've been working with a variety of companies across the United States and been able to gather general information about salaries and rates. This allows me to make broad generalizations about what companies are paying. I'm wondering however if I can get a better data pool so we can get a better idea of what people are paying based on location. Just to check it out I'm posting a brief survey. It asks for your name and company and if you'd like to be contacted about employment opportunities (obviously I'm trying to find more candidates!) but you can also leave ...

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